Chuao Chocolatier Bonbons
Chuao Chocolatier, 2345 Camino Vida Roble, Carsbad, CA, U.S.
The new Chuao bonbons are meant to “arouse your senses” and they do not disappoint.
The bonbons offer candy eaters unique hand-crafted chocolate bonbons infused with aphrodisiac ingredients such as honey, wine, chilies, strawberries and various spices.
One the most creative bonbons is the Firecracker Truffle. It’s a caramel fudge with chipotle chile and salt, covered with a layer of popping candy and chocolate. The treat tastes like a firecracker in your mouth as the candy pops in your head and you taste the spice of the chile.
Another striking bonbon is the Cambur (kahm-boor), which has a soft banana and brown sugar caramel center. It tastes like a fresh banana dipped in chocolate and caramel.
The candies, which are targeted at luxury chocolate shoppers, come in either a Elegancia jewelry box or a heart-shaped Sweetheart box.
The line is a brand extension for Chuao Chocolatiers, which recently won a 2011 Good Food Award for its limited-edition Origins 77% Cacao de Chuao bars.
S.R.P.: $49 for the hearth-shaped Sweetheart Box, which holds 22 bonbons, or $50.25 before Valentine’s Day and $67 after for 32 bonbons packaged in a 6x6x2.5-inch Elegancia jewelry box.